What are the latest developments in biomechanics? Every four years, rotating among Europe, Asia and the Americas, engineers and scientists meet at the World Congress of Biomechanics to discuss some of the newest findings in research of the mechanics of all living things: from plants to animals and humans.
We were very excited when we found out that Materialise’s Valentine Vanheule won an award at this year’s congress! Valentine is a Ph.D. researcher working at our headquarters and, together with an international team of researchers, took part in the Grand Challenge Competition to Predict In Vivo Knee Loads.
For this competition, they predicted in vivo contact forces by using Mimics and 3-matic to make a patient-specific computer model and AnyBody Modeling System to compute the contact forces. Then, after all the competitors presented their work, the winner was announced during an evening banquet. The team had the best prediction (i.e. closest to the measured in vivo contact forces) and were all very excited to win the award.
This year's congress took place from July 7th to 11th, and was the largest biomechanics conference ever held, with over 4,000 participants from 58 countries converging to discuss the latest advances in biomechanics measurement, modeling, and medical devices. There were over 2,000 oral presentations and an additional 2,200 poster presentations of cutting edge findings on molecular, cell, tissue, and body system mechanics in disciplines across biology, physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry and various clinical specialties.
Materialise made its mark in the exhibition hall by showing our latest Mimics release, highlighting the X-ray module and the new pulmonary module. Our team was busy giving demonstrations and showing others all they could do with our software. We also featured our new joint venture RS Print, which creates the world’s first 3D-printed insoles based off dynamic footscans, customized to truly support the every move of an individual.
Also during the conference several Mimics users took the podium to present some of their amazing work or presented a poster in the competition. Arizona State University, one of the leading engineering universities and a great Mimics advocate, was among them. Dr. David Frakes, associate professor at ASU and former Mimics Innovation Award winner, had this to say:
“This year's conference was better than ever. It was especially valuable for the students from my lab at ASU because virtually every aspect of cardiovascular biomechanics was represented. I also enjoyed seeing all of the different ways that Mimics is plugging into our field. The community is really starting to see what a powerful tool Mimics is and how much it can enhance our research."
We are always so excited to see how people are creating a better and healthier world with Mimics and World Congress of Biomechanics was a great place for that!